The market for Japanese turbocharged all wheel drive sport compact cars will forever be dominated by the Mitsubishi LancerEvolution and the Subaru ImprezaWRX STI. These cars were introduced to the U.S. enthusiasts long before either manufacturer decided to bring their cars stateside thanks to videogames like Gran Turismo. However as the Playstation generation grows up these daily driven rally cars must do so as well. Just like Subaru came out with the leather wrapped much more refined STI Limited back at the New York Auto Show in 2007, Mitsubishi is suppressing the attitude of their wild winged wonder in order to create an EVO MR Touring model. Just like the STI, this EVO exchanges its oversized aerofoil for a subtle trunk spoiler that massively tones down the EVO X’s appearance.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring is powered by the same turbocharged 4B11 2.0 Liter MIVEC engine that puts down a total of 291 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque in the standard EVO X. Like all 2010 X’s, the MR Touring comes standard Mitsubishi’s new 6 speed Twin Clutch SST gearbox that is shifted via a pair of magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Other standard items include the EVO’s vented hood, a set of oversized Brembo brakes, 18 inch BBS wheels and Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control system.
The last time that Mitsubishi clipped the EVO of its wing they were aiming at selling the stripped down lightweight RS to hardcore racers that wouldn’t mind that the car had one less gear than it could and that there wasn’t even any sound deadening. However the MR Touring model is based upon the top of the line EVO X and caters towards customers who are looking for leather wrapped Brembo racing buckets and a full stereo system. The new MR Touring is the perfect vehicle for any aspiring EVO owner who wants to fly under the radar in both style and comfort.